15 February 2017

Sultana Of Skin Body Conditioner

While I have not been vocal about this, one of the products I have been most hoping to make an appearance in the Lush Kitchen, is Sultana Body Lotion. Having been aware of its existence since I first began collecting Lush products, this is one of those elusive items that I just know I will love and cherish, if I was ever lucky enough to secure myself a tub. For this reason, I was beyond ecstatic when I discovered that Lush were going to be bringing out a body conditioner in the same fragrance, a few weeks ago.

Sharing its scent with both the soap of the same name, and the Blackberry Bath Bomb, Sultana Of Skin Body Conditioner is one of those fragrances that tends to be thwarted by newer releases. Yet it is one I find myself going back to time and time again. Over the last few years, I have come to recognise the beauty of its rich and very unique fragrance,  and the smell of this definitely lends itself well to this format.

Much like the aforementioned products, the main note featured in this limited edition conditioner is olibanum. For those unfamiliar with this component, you might be interested to know that this ingredient also goes by the name of frankincense. Both of these oils are known for being very aromatic when it comes to the smell they offer in cosmetics, and this body conditioner is no different. 

Sporting what I described as being a very sultry aroma, olibanum offers up a rich and very resinous note in this format - like the sap of a tree combined with a very subtle, sweet, undertone of smokiness. Combined with the cocoa and shea butter, and the bergamot oil, the sultry components of the olibanum are definitely complimented well with these ingredients, and the overall smell is very suited to this format.

Lush describe the scent of this as like 'evoking the joy of freshly laundered sheets and the scent of sweet summer rain' However, I find it far more soothing and comforting than this, and would relate it to the comforting feeling of sitting in front of a hot fire whilst enjoying a mug of freshly made malt'. It's more of a cloying fragrance than a fresh one, so I associate it more with a warm blanket than a thin sheet.

As with most of Lush's products, this one is incredibly versatile, and while the £29.95 price tag may seem a little daunting to those unsure of such a big commitment, it is definitely worth the investment. First and foremost, you can use it as Lush intended - as a body conditioner. 

After using a gel, jelly or soap to clean yourself with, step out of the flow of the water and apply the product across your skin, as you would a body lotion. It wont lather up, and may disappear really quickly, but this is because it is designed to permeate the skin, not clean it.

The heat from the shower will have opened up your pores and made your skin more susceptible to the butters and oils featured in the ingredients list. So once applied, you can either step back under the flow of the water to rinse your body down, or exit the shower immediately and pat yourself down lightly. All you need to do then, is allow Sultana Of Skin time to work its magic and condition your skin, and for you to reap the benefits.

Unlike a body lotion, a conditioner creates a barrier of moisture around your skin, which may feel slightly greasy to begin with, and might prevent you from being able to apply your clothes until you've given it time to absorb into the skin. However, I can assure you that this will lessen within the first fifteen to twenty minutes after application, and you'll feel much better for it afterwards.

With this particular body conditioner, I found that an amount equal to that of a level dessertspoon was enough to coat both of my legs, so you really don't need to use that much each time to get the desired results. Please also be aware that you wont necessarily be able to see the product when you're massaging it across an area of skin as it does tend to absorb really quickly. There is also the fact that the lotion is quite thin in consistency - far thinner and less heavy than other Lush body conditioners, so a little amount will go a long way. However, this does not mean that you should apply any extra and waste the product - the results after you rinse yourself down will speak for themselves.

Secondly, Sultana Of Skin Body Conditioner works as an excellent shaving foam. Simply apply a small amount across your legs and shave your legs as usual. You'll be left with super-soft skin, and one of the closest shaves you have ever experienced. Finally, you could also use this as a body lotion, as there doesn't appear to be anything featured that could damage or irritate your skin if left on for long periods of time. The only issue I have with this latter method is that it may leave your body feeling rather greasy, so may only work as an intense moisturiser for those who have incredibly dry skin. 

With this particular body conditioner, I found that is worked similarly to Lemony Flutter in the fact that it was easy to apply and worked really well at moisturising my skin, but it also appeared quite thin at the same time, so I wasn't left feeling overly greasy afterwards. Furthermore, I found that it worked equally as well as any other leading shaving foam that I have tried, and my legs stayed smooth for days afterwards. 

Having said that, I was a little disappointed to find that while the fragrance of this did smell almost identical to the soap and the bath bomb, although I would say that this was slightly less rich and smoky than those two, the scent of this product wasn't as strong as I was hoping it would be. I had to strain my nose in the bath to really make out the smell of this conditioner, and once I had towelled myself down, I found that any other products I had been using alongside Sultana, seemed to make a bigger impression on my skin afterwards.

Despite this, I cannot fault the product aside from its lack of smell, and I think perhaps the strength of its aroma is probably of great appeal to those wanting something a little lighter and gentler on their skin. Maybe the fact that this scent family are sensual and not particularly overpowering, is why it has remained so popular over the years, and why both the soap and bath bomb are still huge sellers in the regular range. Fans of Sultana will probably thoroughly enjoy this, and I will continue to indulge my legs with this beauty once a week, until a body lotion, shower gel or perfume arrives to satisfy my olibanum cravings even further.    

Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Olibanum Oil, Bergamot Oil, *Limonene, *Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £29.95 for 450g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
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Sultana Of Skin Body Conditioner
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